It's hard to choose a standout—the tracks, set to punishing tempos and oozing with trippy sound design, tend to blend together, even a dozen listens in. There are notable earworms, though, like the accidental musicality of a monotone voice uttering the EP title, in Russian, on Philipp Gorbachev's opening cut. Kraviz's own voice makes for another one on "I Believe I Can Fly (KLM Delayed Flight Version)," where a few heavily processed lines lifted from R. Kelly's famous single of the same name (yes, you read that right) warm up a brutally direct drum track. On Nikita Zabelin's "Bells," the titular percussion elements are timbral shapeshifters, swelling before burrowing deep into the mix and re-emerging as stealthy zaps.
Other tracks vie for attention by accentuating their extremes. We get a peculiar sort of youthful vigor from 17-year-old Vladimir Dubyshkin, whose tumble-down synth lines blast at an unwieldy 142 BPM. Roma Zuckerman's "Geburt (Part 2)" is only a hair slower, no doubt dragged down by the heaps of sonic mud thrown onto the mix. Not much more than the outline of a low-end and a faint click make it past. The collection's two Barcode Population tracks, sweat-inducing even through headphones, are the EP's hardest charging, all booming kicks and hands-in-the-air synth loops. But they're reasonably simple pleasures in the context of this collection—another sign that with Trip, Nina Kraviz is on a tear.
Tue / 24 Nov 2015
A1 Philipp Gorbachev - Ivan, Come On, Unlock The Box / Иван, Давай, Открой Коробку (Kraviz Edit)
A2 K-HAND - The Box
B1 Nikita Zabelin – Bells
B2 Vladimir Dubyshkin - Lose Yourself
C1 Barcode Population - Marduk
C2 Roma Zuckerman - Geburt Part 2
D1 Barcode Population - Internum
D2 Nina Kraviz – I Believe I Can Fly (KLM Delayed Flight Version)